Israel hits Hamas posts after Gaza mortar fire

  • Israel hits Hamas posts after Gaza mortar fire

Israel hits Hamas posts after Gaza mortar fire

The Israeli army said it had struck four "military" targets belonging to two militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, and two "terror infrastructure targets".

Israeli tanks and planes fired on four Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for mortar shells fired on soldiers working in southern Israel, the Israeli army said.

A month ago, Israeli forces demolished a tunnel from the Gaza Strip to Israel, killing at least 12 Palestinian militants in the process. Seven Palestinians were killed in the initial attack, and Israel later said it had recovered the bodies of five more militants who were reported missing. Israel says Islamic Jihad is affiliated with Hamas.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, three Gazans were lightly wounded in the Israeli bombing.

The mortar fire sent off several Code Red sirens in areas of southern Israel near the border with Gaza, though the Israeli military first said the sirens were a false alarm.

The attack apparently set off rocket sirens in the Israeli town of Sderot and other communities surrounding the Gaza Strip.

In separate statements, Palestinian factions stressed that it's the resistance's right to retaliate for the Israeli attacks.

Israel has been developing technology to detect and destroy tunnels since its 2014 war with Hamas, when the group's members used underground warrens to launch attacks and defend themselves from airstrikes.